The answer to the question is Voice Over Acting a get rich quick scheme, the answer is No, no it is not. A red flag should go up in your mind when someone claims something is a “Get rich quick job”. Voice Over Acting is a highly reputable career, but it isn’t a get rich quick scheme. What is Voice Over acting? Voice Over Acting is the voice you hear on Commercials, Video Games, trashcans, toilets, websites, On Hold machines, the “Press 1 to talk to” recordings, etc. Yes, there really are talking trashcans and toilets.
I feel that it would be best if I discussed The DON’TS of Voice Over Acting and the possibility that you may not have a career in it.
Voice Over Acting is so much fun that I personally don’t see it as a job. What do you need to be a Voice Over Actor? What you do need or at least really helps is real talent and passion, actually without talent you should just give up, because let’s face it if you don’t have talent, how can you be voice over talent? So all your friends tell you that you should do voice overs cause you have a great voice. That’s nice, but do you have a voice for Voice Overs? Unless your friend is a Voice Over director or a Voice Over Actor, they more than likely don’t know what they’re talking about.
I have listened to so many Voice Over recordings and one in particular has stuck in my head because of how sad it was. The person put their voice online in a video. I turned it off within ten seconds of turning it on, because it was horrible. I honestly felt really bad for the person. They truly thought they had talent, when I could not see any talent in what they presented online. Only an expert Voice Over Coach should tell you if you really have talent, but as a Voice Over Actor I hear a lot of voices and know which ones are totally wrong or that there are already a million people who sound exactly like that.
If you haven’t had any Voice Over Lessons with a well known coach and you haven’t talked to your coach about putting your voice online, you would be better off not putting your voice online.
An honest Voice Over Coach will tell you if you have a possible future in Voice Overs.
Voice Over Fact: 17,000 people in the Los Angeles area alone are in Voice Overs. So ask yourself, do you really have what it takes to fight such a fierce competitive market? What sets you apart? What gives you that edge that very few people have?
I hope this posting helped you understand Voice Over Acting a little, or at least what Voice Over Acting isn’t. I will have to write long postings hitting each question in complete detail that I often hear to really clear up all of the misconceptions of the marvelous world of Voice Overs.
I am not trying to keep anyone from trying out for a career in Voice Overs, I am just trying to prepare you for the reality of what it is and isn’t and it ISN’T a get rich quick scheme, because those are all scams.
If you have any comments, questions, or want me to write about something, let me know!!